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Emma Gao, Silver Heights

Emma Gao is the formidable winemaker behind China’s leading boutique winery Silver Heights in northern China’s Ningxia, and is credited as one of the forefront vintners revolutionising consumers’ attitude towards Chinese wines.

A certified oenologist trained in Bordeaux, Gao studied oenology at Bordeaux University and later honed her winemaking skills at Château Calon-Ségur, where she met her husband Thierry Courtade, winemaker at the estate.

Her first vintage, 2007, was greeted with applause from domestic and international wine experts. Her 100% Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Emma’s Reserve’ and a Bordeaux blend ‘The Summit’ are among the most prized China produced reds. In recent years, the winery expanded its range to include a white, a Burgundy style Chardonnay, and its most recent ‘The Last Warrior’ series. Her wines are now also sold in Hong Kong through Watson’s Wine.

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